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At the service of the underprivileged populations in Laos 

The Service Fraternel d’Entraide is a French NGO which has been implementing rural development and health projects in Laos since 1998.

Our commitment is for the long term, our representatives are qualified professionals who learn the language and culture so as to be close to the Laotians in order to respond better to the issues encountered.

Our identity in three words :

Service — We wish to be at the service of the people of Laos while respecting local cultures. We accompany our co-workers and Laotian partners, transmitting expertise, adapted technologies and skills. The spirit in which we wish to work can be summarized in one word: mentorship

Fellowship — We believe that fellowship among humans is possible and that it’s up to us to build it. Our service is for each human being, without distinction of sex, geographical or social origin, religion or philosophy.

Exchange — It’s through cooperation and mutual aid that we will be able to build a future together. Which is why we work in collaboration with the local authorities and people, encouraging a real exchange with our partners rather than unilateral aid.


Our dream is that every Laotian may live in good health and develop his full potential amid his community.


Reinforce healthcare and improve the life conditions of the rural Laotian communities.


Our approach is

  • Holistic – the individual is at the centre of our projects as he has the potential to change his community. All the aspects of his life are taken into account and situations are dealt with as a whole.
  • Participatory – the needs expressed are transformed into collective action, with the support of our teams.
  • Sustainable – transmitting knowledge impacts a whole life and the life of others. That is why we invest in key people capable of acting and motivating their community.
  • Professional – qualification leads to progress more rapidly. Through lifelong learning programs or access to qualifying trainings, we reinforce local competencies for an impact on the whole society.
  • Local – side by side, we learn from each other and build together with trust and mutual aid.


The SFE is based on Gospel values lived in daily life. It aims for a holistic approach, which englobes all of life’s domains, physical and spiritual, individual and community, and is characterised by the following values:

La compassion envers tous, particulièrement ceux qui souffrent et qui sont démunis, et sans distinction de race, de religion ou de statut social. Ce souci se manifeste tout particulièrement dans la priorité accordée aux régions ou aux ethnies les plus défavorisées.
Le souci de la justice et le droit de tous à une vie digne et responsable en favorisant de nouvelles ressources à l’échelon familial et en permettant notamment aux plus pauvres d’avoir aussi accès aux soins.
La recherche de la paix entre les groupes ou les personnes dans la diversité des cultures et des convictions.
Le respect  des partenaires,  des populations bénéficiaires, de leur identité culturelle et religieuse, de leur dignité de peuple et de personne.


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